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Emergency Medical Services

Students Helping Students Since 1965

Western Carolina University EMS is a basic life support (BLS) service licensed by the North Carolina Office of EMS that operates under the affiliation agreement with Harris EMS to provide 911 emergency response services to the WCU community. The agency is part of Health Services and is fully staffed by WCU students with BLS certification or higher. 

WCU EMS Ambulance

Students from various majors make up the WCU EMS Team with many pursuing the emergency medical care program. The team works 12 hours shifts with one officer on duty and one to two part-time staff. Student officers are the chief and five assistant chiefs, including a training officer, logistics officer, human resource officer, public relations officer and educational outreach officer. 

WCU EMS provides BLS level care and transport to the students, faculty, staff, and visitors of Western Carolina University twenty-four hours a day through the fall and spring semesters. The primary response area is the university campus. WCU EMS transports patients to Health Services and to Harris Regional Hospital, located in nearby Sylva, N.C.

EMS Membership Information

EMS Standby Request

Join the Team!

Students are encouraged to apply to become a member of the WCU EMS! Applicants must have documentation of certification or licensure in the following:

  • EMT-Basic Certification (NC or National Registry*)
  • CPR-Healthcare Provider (must by American Heart Association)
  • Driver's License (must possess an NC driver's license)
  • NIMS Courses (Healthcare)** (ICS 100, 200, 700 & 800)

* Those that possess a National Registry certification must also possess an NC State EMT-B Certification. National Registry alone is NOT sufficient to operate as an EMT in NC.  Reciprocity information is available at the NREMT website.
** NIMS courses do not need to be completed at the time of the application and/or interview.  If offered a position, applicants must complete and submit NIMS certification documents before being invited to participate in Boot Camp. The deadline to complete and submit all NIMS certification documents will be emailed to all candidates by the EMS Lieutenant.  Failure to turn in NIMS courses before the required deadline will result in termination of employment with WCU EMS.

Urgent or Emergent After Hours Care

Where do you access medical care after hours? Visit Health Services after-hours care page to learn more about how and when to call WCU EMS.

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